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  • Cuban Missile Crisis The Edge Of War - 1,250 words
    John F. Kennedy's greatest triumph as President of the United States came in 1962, as the world's two largest superpowers, the Soviet Union and the United States, edged closer and closer to nuclear war. The Soviet premier of Russia was caught arming Fidel Castro with nuclear weapons. The confrontation left the world in fear for thirteen long days, with the life of the world on the line. In 1962, Nikita Khrushchev, Premier of the Soviet Union, employed a daring gambit. He secretly ordered the placement of Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba. Earlier the Soviet premier had promised Soviet protection to Cuba ("Cuban" 774). This was the first time any such weapons had been placed outside of Eurasia ( ...
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  • Missile Crisis - 1,457 words
    The Cold War produced many confrontations between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Korea and Vietnam were confrontations between the superpowers in an indirect way because each was supporting a country. Not until 1962 did they really come face to face with one another. The 1962 Cuban Missile Crises, although over Cuba, pitted the U.S. directly against Russia. The decisions between October 14 and 17, 1962 could easily have started WWIII or everyones fear at the time, nuclear war. But, calmer heads prevailed while both powers were able to claim victory. The road to this crises began back in the 1930s. The U.S. had economic and political interest in Cuba, thus not allowing a government to take co ...
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  • Cuban Missile Crisis - 340 words
    Russian government promised you say that than that of the missiles into Cuba. One day U.S. spy plane finds out the missiles actually in the Cuba, so American government gets very said and the size to full force missiles out of Cuba. The letter one comes from Krishev that says if you promise not to invade Cuba than we would take the missiles back. Than the second letter comes from a show that says you have to promise not to invade Cuba and take your missiles back to the John F. Kennedy decides to do air attack or invade, because Soviet Union was pushing it. John F. Kennedy thought that Russia is trying to start the war because therere putting missiles in Cuba. Before an attack John F. Kennedy ...
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  • Cuban Missile Crisis - 1,808 words
    Nuclear destruction, when those two devastating and frightening words are brought up one thought comes to mind, The Cuban Missile Crisis. This was the closest the world has ever come to being blown apart by the people living on it. In April 1962, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev conceived the idea of placing intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBM) in Cuba. Placing IRBM in Cuba would double the Soviet strategic arsenal and provide a real deterrent to a potential U.S. attack against the Soviet Union or Cuba (Smith). In mid-July of 1962 the Soviet Union began its buildup of offensive weapons in Cuba. The fate of millions literally hinged upon the ability of two men, President John F. Kenne ...
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  • The Cuban Missile Crisis - 1,129 words
    The world was at the edge of a third world war. This was the result of a variety of things: the Cuban Revolution, the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion, US anti-communism, insecurity of the Soviet Union, and Cubas fear of invasion all made causes for war. However, war was not the result due to great cooperation from both President Kennedy and President Khrushchev and each of the decisions made by the leaders was crucial in the outcome of The Crisis. Kennedys choice to take action by means of quarantine instead of air-strike and Khrushchevs decision to abide by the quarantines were perhaps the two most significant decisions made by the leaders in order to prevent war. The Cuban Missile Cris ...
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  • The Cuban Missile Crisis - 1,144 words
    ... ct on November 30, 1961. A panel including Attorney General Robert Kennedy and Maxwell Taylor, discussed the liquidation of certain Cuban leaders. On January 30 1962 Kennedy met with the Russian President Khrushchevs son-in-law to remind the Russians the US was friendly and had not interfered with Hungary in 1956, this was an attempt to side with Russia. A few weeks before the missile crisis, Robert Kennedy told the panel his brother was concerned about progress on the MONGOOSE program, and feels that more priority should be given to trying to mount sabotage operations.6 On February 3 1962 Kennedy ordered a complete ban on all trade with Cuba and State Department officials urged NATO to ...
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  • The Cuban Missile Crisis: Eyeball To Eyeball - 1,146 words
    ter> Eyeball to Eyeball: America, Cuba and The Soviet Union America and The Soviets again using other countries for their own warfare Excitement was high for Cuba, when Fidel Castro overthrew the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in January 1959. With a heady mixture of nationalism and left wing ideologies US became very cautious for its southern comrades Central and Southern America and perhaps herself. When Castro took over Cuba, the US lost valuable investments in the sugar and tobacco crops of Cuba. Fearing the spread of communism into Americas backyard the US Government imposed a strict economic blockade hoping to starve Castro into US policies. In desperation Castro turned to the sov ...
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  • Cuban Missile Crisis: At The Brink Of Abyss - 1,168 words
    The Cuban Missile Crisis was a major confrontation between the United States of America (U.S.A) and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R). This major confrontation was in 1962 over the issue of Soviet supplied missile installations in Cuba. Regarded as the worlds closest approach to a nuclear war, the Cuban Missile Crisis was a brief encounter during the Cold War in which the United States, Cuba, and the Soviet Union were engaged in a potentially dangerous confrontation that could have led to a deadly nuclear war, however, the bravery of the leaders led to negotiations that avoided such a conflict and they took steps to avoid a possible war between the two superpowers. Even thoug ...
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  • Cuban Missile Crisis: At The Brink Of Abyss - 1,186 words
    ... ack of the missiles, which had been camouflaged and moved soon after Kennedys speech. Low flying spy planes encountered heavy fire and on October 27 Cubans shot down a U-2 plane, killing its pilot. After this the Kennedy administration debated the question of an air strike on Cuba, but retaliation ran the risk of killing some Soviets, which could escalate the crisis. Kennedy knew that the American public would support the decision of removing the missiles in Turkey, but he did not want to be seen as capitulating to Khrushchevs demands. Finally Kennedy decided that he would only react to the first offer of Khrushchev, which was that the Soviets would remove missiles from Cuba in exchange ...
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  • The Cuban Missile Crisis In The Film "thirteen Days" - 1,146 words
    The film Thirteen Days shows the viewer a blockbuster look at the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis that challenged the Kennedy administration. It does a reasonable job of sifting through history and picking the pieces that allow the audience to understand the historical event and enjoy the movie without being overloaded with information. The character of the Presidents fiercely loyal aid, Kenneth OConnell played by the actor Kevin Costner is followed throughout the film to give a more personal feel to viewer. Not a bad idea, however, Costner makes the worst attempt at an accent that I have ever heard. This, unfortunately deterred me for the remainder of the film. OConnells relationship with the two ...
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  • Cuban Missile Crisis - 1,283 words
    On August 6, 1945, the world changed forever. The United States had sent a B-29 bomber plane named "Enola Gay" to fly over the industrial city of Hiroshima, Japan and drop the first atomic bomb ever - "Little Boy." The world had never experienced anything like it. One hundred thousand died almost instantly -- most of them were civilians. Three days later, in Nagasaki, another bomb -- "Fat Man" - was dropped. This time roughly forty thousand died. The people of the world were glad to see that the bombs ended most destructive war ever, but over the course of the forty years the world feared a nuclear battle that could wipe out all humankind off of the face of the Earth. The images that were co ...
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  • Cuban Missile Crisis - 1,286 words
    ... attack. After the failed Bay of Pigs on Cuba of 1961, by the United States, Castro believed that a second attack was certain. To provide some protection for his country, he approved Khrushchev's plan to place missiles in Cuba. By the summer of 1962, the Soviet Union was working quickly and secretly to build the missile installations on the island. For the United States the crisis began on October 15, 1962 when reconnaissance photographs were taken of Soviet missile installations under construction in Cuba. The next morning, President John F. Kennedy was made aware of the situation in Cuba and quickly assembled a group of twelve advisors, called EX-COMM, to help him throughout the crisis. ...
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  • Cuban Missile Crisis - 518 words
    In 1960, as conflicts arose between Cuba and the United States. During this time Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev secretly began to supply Cuba with "missiles that could hit much of the eastern United States within a few minutes if launched from Cuba" (Leckie 957). This missiles could easily destroy all of the US's national defense in under 17 Minutes. "Khrushchev built 42 secret missile sites" (Littell 492), and in 1962 the United States learned that the Soviet Union had begun missile shipments to Cuba by the U-2 spy planes that flew over the island. "The photos showed two types of missiles: medium-range ballistic missiles (MRBM) able to travel about 1100 nautical miles (about 2000 km, ...
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  • Crisis Management - 1,458 words
    THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS - A Model of Crisis Management? A Biblical proverb says, "by wise guidance, and in the abundance of counselors, there is victory." 1 It is obviously believed by many leaders, especially when faced with situations or problems that demand expedient, careful, thorough analysis and thought to aid the decision-making process and render the appropriate response or solution. This style of crisis management has been a recurring theme with American leaders and our presidents when faced with crises. In 1962, President Kennedy, also followed suit by establishing the ExCOM group to garner advice and counsel, formulate plans, and devise the appropriate response to learning about ...
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  • All Of Russian Communism - 1,538 words
    The Reasons for the fall of Socialism/Communism and the Troubles of Starting the New Democratic System in the Russian Federation "Let's not talk about Communism. Communism was just an idea, just pie in the sky." Boris Yeltsin (b. 1931), Russian politician, president. Remark during a visit to the U.S. Quoted in: Independent (London, 13 Sept. The fall of the Communist regime in the Soviet Union was more than a political event. The powerful bond between economics and politics that was the integral characteristic of the state socialist system created a situation that was unique for the successor states of the Soviet Union. The Communist regime was so ingrain in every aspect of Soviet life that t ...
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  • Bay Of Pigs Invasion - 2,080 words
    ... geared mainly for European operations against the USSR, both men were lacking in experience in Latin American affairs. Those in charge of Operation Mongoose, based this new operation on the success of the Guatemalan adventure, but the situation in Cuba was much different than that in Guatemala. In Guatemala the situation was still chaotic and Arbenz never had the same control over the country that Castro had on Cuba. The CIA had the United States Ambassador, John Puerifoy, working on the inside of Guatemala coordinating the effort, in Cuba they had none of this while Castro was being supplied by the Soviet block. In addition, after the overthrow of the government in Guatemala, Castro wa ...
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  • Cold War - 1,907 words
    COLD WAR ESSAY The cold war began because of the conflicting ideologies between Soviet Communism and American Capitalism and the misconceptions both countries had about each other. The fact that neither country would reveal anything about them selves added the mystique and created high tensions between countries. Spying was the only way for countries to get a good idea of what the other side was doing and get answers for many previously unanswered questions. Many people had doubts and fears about communism and this gave rise to many people who thought that communist sympathizers should be punished. The most popular of these hateful people by far was Senator Joseph McCarthy. The cold war came ...
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  • Russia, History - 1,380 words
    Joseph Stalin (1927-1953) led the Soviet State through the challenges of World War II. Although the war was a terrible drain on the already impoverished and exhausted society, it resulted, paradoxically in strengthening the Soviet dictatorship. The war distracted the Soviet people from Stalin's excesses in previous years and generated patriotism and national unity. It also greatly strengthened the Soviet military. The Soviet Union emerged from the war as second in power only to the United States. (Dr. Minton F, Goldman) So what were the factors that contributed to the collapse of the super power and what is preventing Russia from re-entering the international community as a stabilized indepe ...
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  • Bay Of Pigs The Failed Invasion - 1,777 words
    ... . Vandenbroucke, in Political Science Quarterly of 1984, based his analysis of the Bay of Pigs failure on organizational behavior theory. He says, The CIA supplied President Kennedy and his advisers with chosen reports on the unreliability of Castros forces and the extent of Cuban dissent. Of the CIAs behavior he concludes, By resorting to the typical organization strategy of defining the options and providing the information required to evaluate them, the CIA thus structured the problem in a way that maximized the likelihood the president would choose the agencys preferred option. The CIA made sure the deck was stacked in their favor when the time came to decide whether a project they s ...
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  • Deciding For The Bomb - 853 words
    There are many reasons that the Atomic bomb was used on Japan. There are many that criticize the bombing, but I support it. The main reasons for President Harry Truman decided to drop the bomb were, to save lives (American Lives), to bring about a quicker resolution to the war, and to send a message to the world that we now had military supremacy. Growing up in a military family, (with a dad a Vietnam vet, and a grandfather who would have fought in Japan if we had invaded), may have biased my personal opinions, but in my mind it is all a matter of numbers when it comes to war. War is a matter of how many lives each side has to waste, and who runs low first generally surrenders. War is hate b ...
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